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Grateful Dead Live at Golden Hall, Community Concourse on 1979-11-23


Topics Live concert


Alabama Getaway-> Promised Land, They Love Each Other, Me & My Uncle-> Big River, High Time, Minglewood Blues, Stagger Lee, Easy To Love You, Looks Like Rain-> Deal The Music Never Stopped-> Sugaree, Estimated Prophet-> Eyes Of The World-> Drums-> Not Fade Away-> Black Peter-> Good Lovin', E: U.S. Blues


Collection GratefulDead
Band/Artist Grateful Dead
Date November 23, 1979
Venue Golden Hall, Community Concourse
Location San Diego, CA

Source Soundboard
Lineage SBD:MC>Cas>DAT>CD, patches from 3rd generation reel source


Notes

SBD:MC>Cas>DAT>CD, patches from 3rd generation reel source

Reviews

Reviewer: kbmill - - November 6, 2014
Subject: bread crumb
I write this in November, as the Dead's annual 30 Days of Dead game is ongoing. Each day, a new song is posted and we try to identify the specific show from whence it came. Similar to reviews one reads on these pages, there is healthy criticism of the choices that are made. I suppose it is a testimony to the quality of what the band did that so many feel compelled to rate, judge and otherwise opine on the relative merits of songs, shows, members and eras. I've passed the half-way point in my attempt to listen to every date that was played (and recorded). With very few exceptions - there is a horrific first set in 1978 I recall - there is not a single one that didn't make me smile.
Reviewer: stellabluetoo - - November 25, 2013
Subject: clear sound
very poignant high time
Reviewer: utopian - - July 1, 2009
Subject: Minglewood
Phil was almost blowing chunks of the ceiling off with this version

I love fall 79
Reviewer: irSampson - - February 10, 2008
Subject: From the beach to High Time...
This first of two very enjoyable nights was not quite as high-energy as the following night, but had its moments nonetheless. The opener and a few other first-set songs make it a keeper on their own, but throw in the killer Sugaree, Estimated->Eyes and a pretty decent NFA in the 2nd set, and you just want it in your collection. Enjoy!!
Reviewer: JamminJerome - - September 30, 2007
Subject: Very solid show
First half of second set smokes! TMNS>Sugaree followed by Estimated>Eyes is a great way to jam into drums>space. NFA>Black Peter was done on their last show on the 10th, and just isn't quite as good, and is followed by a disappointing Good Lovin'. However, being a Pig fan, any Bobby Good Lovin' is going to be disappointing. Good energy this night. Liking the vibes, but not quite loving them. 4 stars.
Reviewer: L. Rosley - - May 16, 2006
Subject: Good stuff
A good show. They Love Each Other has a nice groove to it. Jerry has some flubs in Alabama, and the mix isn't great to start with, but improves. I think the next night was better.
Reviewer: capn doubledose - - November 11, 2005
Subject: INTENSE - What a surprise
From the kick ass Alabama straight into a fun and funky Promised, Superb Big River (I mean really great), High Time which I never saw at a show that did not just crush it to the over the top Mwood. LL Rain is fantastic and then the Deal to close the set is immortal.

Set II opens with a crushing & rare Set II Music into Sugaree which again is loud and intense. Est>Eyes is wonderful and melodic.

This is the band coming into their own in the high and tight Arista years and while I believe there was a conscious to avoid long trippy jams and meandering this is a welcome difference. What a show and only 19 songs!
Reviewer: Flakey Foont - - July 18, 2005
Subject: Good story for this one
I had two tickets that were pretty good, about 1/2 way back on the floor, A freind who was going to go with me backed out at the last minute, so I went by myself. I figured I would sell the two tickets and just buy a single, since I wasn't with my freind I didin't care were I sat. So I sold the tickets within ten minutes of getting there, then I went to the box office and asked for a single ticket,(the Dead rarely sold out in those days) I got one and went in, I had not even looked at the ticket. When I went in and usher pointed towards the front and said just keep going, so kept walking and get almost to the stage, it turned out that the ticket was in the 4th row around dead center, it really was amazing. This was my 5 or 6th show,but I had never been upfront before. Needless to say the show was great. Jerry really hit the floor running with Alabama,and I had never seen Brent before, so that was alittle disapointing at first but I grew to like him before the 1st set was over. I went the next night too, but was pretty far back, As Bob used to say: There's nothing quite like a Grateful Dead Concert
Reviewer: captain_trip_420 - - April 4, 2005
Subject: Warning: Phil Zone
Good mix for Phil fans, he's way up! Sound quality is good, rough around the edges, so 3 for sound, but I give it 4 cause its BOOMIN'
Reviewer: pg60 - - March 24, 2005
Subject: my first
This show (and the 24th) were my first shows.

I thought I knew all the songs but they opened with Getaway and I was really confused. I finally learned what it was all about on this night. 1st set warmup; 2nd set energy building to a fever pitch, back down again for some contemplative space before building back up to the finale.

We drove from Tucson to see these shows and I still remember watching Charlie's Angels with spanish overdub in a San Diego motel room as my dose wore off after the show. Knowing that it would all be new again tomorrow.

It is both uplifting & sad to download many of these shows that were such a big part of my life. Uplifting because I feel so fortunate to have been part of this & sad because I can never go back.
Reviewer: Augy - - July 29, 2004
Subject: On par with other great Golden Hall shows.
This isn't quite the show the next day was, but it's peers, (including others Golden Hall shows etc.), represent a high standard of excellence. I'm sure glad a board was made of this, since I had technical difficulties and wasn't able to record this show myself, as I did the two following shows here and at UCLA. The board I have in storage isn't that great so even though I haven't yet heard this, if it is no worse, it is adequate and probably better. But, regardless of why the result is the same ie. as elsewhere; I'm commenting primarily on the performance.
Let's see, what's noteworthy ? Well for one thing, one of the last versions (besides 12-28) of High Time on the west coast for several years. This was also still in the heyday of Stagger Lee.
I had a unexpected coincident during the 1st set. Since I managed to move closer than near the board from where I had intended to record like the next day, and because I was on left aisle side of the middle section; for whatever reason seemed to be allowed some slack in terms of dancing' etc. from a usher near me. Therefore, in the interest of continued good rapport etc. and since he seemed receptive to what was undoubtedly new to him, I quickly/briefly suggested to expect an upcoming profound change in the music.
Indeed, that is what happened. However, certainly not the one I was expecting. That is, at the expected point in time, they threw us all a total surprise. What I'm referring to is, during the part of the jam which is in 6/8 of the Music Never Stopped, I just quickly said something like "check out this tempo change coming up". Well yes, we got a tempo change alright, but not into the fast 4/4 end of Music; instead the slow tempo of Sugaree.
I think this was the first time they did this, but I could be wrong. They only did this a few more times, like for example several years later in Alpine Valley in '84 ? in which case, unlike this one in San Diego, they returned to finish Music after Sugaree.
Moreover, even the generic parts such as the post drums section improv. -> Not Fade Away was quite dreamy etc.
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